Jesus is the Light. And the Light shines in the darkness.
When we are in darkness and troubles, His Light is the light that shines for us to see the way. When we are in the middle of a medical crisis with our kids, our marriage, or family problems, the Light shines the way.
It never fails that at Christmas time, troubles occur that can bring us together or separate us. It seems that no matter what Satan throws our way, the Lord’s will is done and heaven comes down.
The Star Came Upon a Midnight Clear
So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19
Jesus is the Light
I see this truth paralleled in the holiday of Hanukkah. The holiday of Hanukkah is an historical event that celebrates the victory of the Jewish Maccabees during the revolt against the Greek Syrian oppressors during the Maccabean Revolt in 168 B.C. It was in that year that the tyrant Antiochus Epiphanes sent his soldiers to desecrate the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
Hanukkah reminds us that we are all servants.
The light in the Temple and the use of a servant candle reminds us that Jesus came to serve us. It also reminds us that we are called to serve others in love. We pass on the light of Jesus to those whom we touch and they, in turn, pass it on to someone else.
Isn’t that what Jesus does for us? Jesus is the light, so that we can shine to the rest of the world.
Lord, help us to serve others through the light of Your Holy Spirit.